Overview of Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay
Oahu
Hawaiian Islands

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Site Review by
 Bill Stohler
Date: 07/28/2002

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Stohler Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    4.00
State:   HI Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   2480 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    3.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.11
There are generally two dives I like to do here. For the first, walk along the beach until you are in front of the second orange life guard tower. Then head straight into the ocean (look for a gap between the rocks on the surface) and follow the old telephone cable out to sea (the current through the notch can make returning difficult). For a deeper, longer dive, follow the cable on out to deeper water. I usually don't drop until I'm in 20 feet or so, so that I can explore the outer part of the bay (watch for current the farther out you go). Great topography, marine life, reef structures to the right side, especially once you've rounded the corner. Can dive in excess of 100 feet. Left side: When the ledge is open for walking (it's often closed due to large waves breaking on the lava trail leading to the 'Toilet Bowl'), I hike all the way past the Toilet Bowl to a small channel just before the point and do a giant stride. Watch the waves here (potentially deadly). Great wall that drops to 70+ feet on the left side, but once again, there is often a strong current (not for a beginner). The wall has some shallow caves that warrant exploring. After you're done on the outside, I like to return by crossing the bay and end up coming back through the telephone cable channel. Elsewhere, you're likely to end up stuck on top of the very shallow reef, depending on the tide! Some of the best reef structure on Oahu is found in and around Hanauma Bay.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    2.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2000
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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